Friday, December 30, 2011

December Stack-a-holic Template Challenge TOP 10


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
One comment per post please!*


Wow, has December flown by for you as it has for me?!!! Where does time go?! I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this crazy month of December! We had some amazing entries! I wish I could pick everyone because I really, really did struggle this month. You made some incredible pages! 

If you can't remember, this was the template from Sketch Savvy that we used for December.


And here you have it...December's TOP 10! 


Christine Rotheker / Doodlin' Around Stack


Karla Der / Heirloom & World Traveler Stacks


Suzanne Spokus / Lemon Flower Stack


Iris Benkel-Sommer / Black Currant Stack


Renee Groves / Green Stack


Amy Thompson / Bella Armoire Stack


Kathy Perry / Recollections Jingle Bells Stack


Wendy Crowe / Recollections Holiday Traditions


Susan Sedlack / Natural Stacks


Dayna Sabrina / Lemon Flower Stack


I told you they were incredible this month! I have loved all of these big bows too! So fun :) 
And for our winner chosen by random.... 

Congratulations to:
Suzanne Spokus!

Email me your address {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com} and I will get your prize right out to you!!

Check back here on Tuesday for a  new video of NEW STACKS that will be in Michaels stores next week!!! And I will post January's sketch on Thursday :)


I hope everyone has a great NEW YEAR! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Video: New Jo-Anns Stacks

*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
One comment per post please!*

Good morning, sweet Stack-a-holics! Today is a perfect day for a little sneak peek right?!

First, I want to pick a couple winners from last week's blog posts. Please email me your addresses {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com} and I will get your prize right out to you.

Congratulations to


littlen said...


very clever gift idea. tfs.
merry christmas.

and

smahrty said...
Love this stuff! Cant wait to go to Target after Christmas!!!



Ok, on to that video right :) HERE is where you will find a video showing you the new stacks coming to Jo-Anns Stores and website on or around January 1st. These are such calm, relaxing, gorgeous stacks! And some of you have been asking so I will spill the beans...YES, we will have a Spring/Summer mega line at Jo-Anns this year! I know you missed it last year. Don't worry, this line may be my favorite Spring line ever! 

Enjoy the sneak peek! Be sure to leave me a comment telling me which ones are your favorites!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes

Heeeey everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday! We had a wonderful time here at my house. My little guys were so good and extremely grateful to Santa for spoiling them :) And we even cut back this year! I am grateful for good little guys :) Lots of time with family and we had a great holiday. 
Hope yours was the same :) 

It is the last night of my holiday break! I am ready to start work tomorrow, all geared up for LOTS of CHA preperations! CHA-Winter always seems to sneak up on us since it's in January...but our booth is going to be incredible! Even my hubby has been in on the preparations, so fun :) 

I am excited to share a fun post with you. No paper involved lol. Actually our Cookie Swap Cookbooks are covered in DCWV paper but I didn't get a picture :) Whenever I hear my boss telling someone about our blog he always mentions, "And we share recipes too!" lol :) So I know he is good with me posting these pictures and recipes!


I host a Holiday Cookie Swap for some of my neighbors. I have the BEST neighbors and friends by the way :) Our neighborhood is a blast! This was my 5th year doing the Cookie Swap since I have been in the neighborhood going on 6 years. It is so much fun to get together and try new recipes. 


12 of us come and bring 3 dozen cookies each. They unload their cookies on to their spot on the counter. Then they reload 3 of each cookie back onto their platter. 


So everyone goes home with 3 cookies, 12 different kids! I pretty much don't cook dinner on cookie swap night and we just pig out.  No lie :)


Don't these look SO good! My favorites this year were the Smore Cookies & the Chocolate Mint Tassies. But really, there wasn't a bad one in the bunch!

I wanted to share the recipes this year! I gather the recipes, print little books and use my cute Christmas Stack of the year and make a cover. It's fun to look back on the last 5 years and see each of our holiday stacks featured on a cover of the cookbook. You can print these out and try them yourselves. The diet starts after New Years right?? ;) 

Have a great day! Remember, the Stack-a-holic Template Challenge ends Wednesday night so get me those entries!!! 





Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wall Art Wednesday: New Sienna Line @ Target

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! I have been busy making videos all morning...there are so many new products coming out...Stacks, Wall Art & Stationary! I love everything! The videos are turning out great. Wanna see one??! ;)


The new Sienna line at Target should be out on December 26th, just in time for the after Christmas shopping. Check out THIS video showing you everything and how it can work together to get you all organized :)

See you back here on Friday!! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Only a few days left until Christmas! Do you have everything ready?! I wanted to share with you a quick idea if you need a last minute gift for someone...


Here is what I did for a friend who is a HUGE Starbucks fan ;) I got a gift card and asked for an extra cup, lid and straw. I put the gift card in the cup and filled it with paper strips that I curled with the straight edge of my scissors. You know how you curl curling ribbon on gifts? You can curl paper strips the same way :) I think the gift will be a hit!

I have a couple winners from last week's blog comments! Keep them coming!! 

Wanda said...
I LOVE my favorites things!!! thanks for the opportunity to enter!!!best regards,

Wanda




AND

                                                                      Sandi said...
Your trip looks awesome Erin...great pictures too. And those autograph books are soooo much better than the ones bought in the gift shops.



Send me your addresses and I will get some stacks right out to you :) 

Hope everyone is enjoying this week...there is nothing like the hustle and bustle before the holiday. But I LOVE getting to relax once the holiday is finally here :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

DCWV Christmas Party

I love sharing posts like this! It makes me so happy to share a little taste of what it's like to be part of the DCWV Family :) You really can't explain the kind of company that we work for, other than it really is like a family! We had a great time at our annual Christmas Party on Friday. There are so many little details that go into making the night so special :)


When we arrive at the party, we get to sit and take a formal photo with our guest. But we always sneak in and get a group shot too ;) Some of my great friends & co-workers who I adore.


We start off with an INCREDIBLE meal! It was so yummy I made myself sick eating so much, lol! A traditional holiday meal served at it's best :)


Jordan, (Our "Mac Man" as I like to call him) and his cute wife. I swear they just LOOK ALIKE! 
Love it :)


Valerie, HR Director, the woman in charge of the whole event, happily enjoying herself :)


Our SANTA!!! Deos he look familiar to anyone? ;) Darin is the best MC and a highlight of the night.


We played lots of "Minute to Win It" Games after dinner for prizes & cash...I guess you have to have an incentive to get up and make yourself look silly ;)


Pressure!!


Watching the games...we have 175 employees at DCWV! With everyone bringing a guest, that makes one big party!


Megan playing another game....


I love how VP of Sales Jeremy stole a game afterwards to try and master it...totally fits his personality :)


Our company founders Mike & Nancy and Gary (CFO) receiving their gift from us, a donation in their behalf to a food bank who's warehouse neighbors ours in Provo. 


Mike gave a very heartfelt speech which reminded me why I love to work for this company.


Having fun!!! Pam & Laura both work in our DCWV Home Department.


Liz was one of our big winners!! Lucky girl :)


Pablo, one of our warehouse workers, receiving a 3-Year Service Award.


This photo is an inside joke lol, but doesn't my boss, Dave, look FAB in his pants?! 


More games! 


I had to try and get ping pong balls in a plate of peanut butter! 


Dance party afterwards!


This beautiful woman, Nancy Hill, is the one who started it all! She is an incredible woman who facinates me with her knowledge and creatvity. I admire her so much and am so grateful she brought me into the DCW Family almost 8 years ago! One of the greatest blessings in my life :) 

A Merry, Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday from DCWV! 


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Disney Magic!

Hey everyone! Glad to see you back here today! Hope you are having a great week!! 

I told you on Monday that I would tell you more about my big vacation! It really was a magical trip. My boys were the perfect ages to enjoy everything that the Disney Wonder had to offer! Best part, they spent at least 4 hours a day in the Kids Program which was incredible! Making Flubber, cooking class, Toy Story Boot Camp...my boys were in heaven. And I got to work on my tan ;)

We stopped at Puerto Vallarta and had 2 days in Cabo San Lucas. We loved both stops! We fell in love with Cabo and hope to return soon. And PV was incredible because of our dolphin swim!!

{btw...this little girl lost her little camera on the ship so all the pictures I am showing are photos that I bought the rights to. Worth every penny :) }

 

Crossed this off my bucket list!! Loved that I got to do it with my entire family :)



Lucky little nuggets!


And what would a Disney Trip be without some characters??!



Pirate Night was the BEST :) Fireworks off the top of the boat!


I knew that I wanted to make some Disney autograph books for my boys. That is such a fun part of a Disney trip! And the characters were ALL OVER the boat, way more than at Disney Parks.


I used the Great Vacation Stack which I love! For the covers and used 5x7 flat canvases. I used Mod Podge to get the paper down and the Mickey ears. When I Mod Podged over the top I sprinkled a little glitter before it dried. Hand painted their names and added some buttons. The pages are just cardstock cut down to 4x6. 


They loved the books...and they got a lot of attention from the Disney employees :) Store bought autograph books are soooo boring ;)


I wish I had more photos to show!! My dad took plenty so luckily I have all of his. I just need to get them so I can make my scrapbook!!

Have a great day!! See you back here on Friday. And don't forget to leave comments on all of the blog posts to be entered in our weekly giveaways!!